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  • This was meant to be a safe haven.

  • A place where Children grow up in peace away from Somalia.

  • Seven war.

  • A place where people could live their lives.

  • But what happened here in July?

  • Shut that illusion.

  • Yeah, Yeah.

  • 26 dead, 56 injured.

  • Lives changed forever.

  • Wait.

  • My name is Jamal Osman.

  • I am a Somali journalist who for years has been searching for answers one end to the cycle of violence which has ripped my country apart for three decades.

  • And kiss my you.

  • I thought I had found the answers.

  • A place which was secure, a place which was peaceful, a place which often hope.

  • But in my country, tragically nothing is ever that simple.

  • Well, I'm another day in Somalia.

  • Another fighting patrol to the front line by the Zeppelin armed forces.

  • Young Somali man gearing up to kill other young Somali men the way it has bean For much of my life these soldiers are going to an area controlled by Al Shabaab, the most powerful militant group in Africa on al Qaida's affiliate in Somalia.

  • Among them is an elite unit known as Ron, meaning the unseen, made up of four miles about fighters.

  • They know their enemy Well, Commander Charlie reminds them how they are expected to behave.

  • Let's get a new It's not like Hey, you know what?

  • Five keys.

  • That Carlos.

  • I don't know what that candy or otherwise.

  • What you bet, Shall I tell ya She knows if you're on hallowed against.

  • Hello, fool you.

  • But trust can be in short supply here.

  • Some of these men could be secretly working for the other side, including I don't Okay, we left off.

  • But why wasn't it a fierce that they will informal shabaab about the operation?

  • Sometimes the highest bidder trumps loyalty.

  • I'm traveling with Commander Salad in an armored vehicle is receiving regular updates from his informants inside Al Shabaab.

  • They're telling us exactly the way they are finding.

  • I think this is Al Shabaab.

  • I am no stranger to them Having interviewed them many times they are a formidable enemy.

  • Formed around 2006 Al Shabaab controls large swathes of territory in southern and central Somalia, including parts of jubilant.

  • They want to overthrow the Somali government and establish a state based on their interpretation of Islam.

  • Yeah, We've been driving for two a half hours now on.

  • The commander told us that way Very close to the front line.

  • So my podium village 50 kilometers outside Kiss my Super Lands regional capital Cubillan forces search the area.

  • They rushed to a house where they told us about fighters are hiding, but they find nothing.

  • It's a typical of a front line which is fluid and often enemy, which is everywhere but no way.

  • Commander Sally tries to win villages over to the jubilant cause residents must turn.

  • Oh, otherwise there would be seen assumption members.

  • But look closely.

  • It's all old man women and Children and the air and sunlight.

  • And Nora had decayed in impotent, upset the aircraft on over model again.

  • I don't think you hit it.

  • How do you mean?

  • Well, wasn't our baby?

  • But would you come back?

  • E The strategic part of Kiss My exists in a bubble of security off around 50 kilometers circling the city, it's propped up by Kenyan army firepower.

  • Today, the man in charge returns from a foreign trip president amid Madobe is popular here for creating a sense off peace and security.

  • There hasn't been a major attack by Al Shabaab since he came to power seven years ago.

  • By contrast, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, major attacks are commonplace.

  • Pomp and ceremony, coupled with the messages of security, is designed to remind everyone the presidential election is weeks away.

  • And President Madobe wants another four year 10.

  • A mother that's got to do something.

  • I don't know that I let me someone to do is use.

  • He did Castle can in Montana.

  • That's cool.

  • Sellout.

  • I can quote you little show inside of you spent that queen.

  • I demand to cheating.

  • Wow, lot.

  • This'd is a man who has become one of the most powerful politicians in Somalia, has lit up off nobody.

  • Avenue can away get a stereo off.

  • Well, I didn't have, haven't you?

  • How about Institute doing this whole time?

  • When I traveled to Kiss Marnie earlier this year, I was impressed with the society Madobe has created.

  • He has his critics who say he's an authoritarian figure who favors his club.

  • He has also fallen out of favor with the government.

  • In addition, but Madam gave me hope that perhaps jubilant offered a glimpse into what my country could be a stable and peaceful place on the plane here I sat next to someone who agreed and me, Holden Aleya, the Fund of Integration TV and a proud Somali sharing Somali stories all over the world.

  • Hold on.

  • Ali was a fellow Somali journalists who grew up in Canada but decided to return with the aim of highlighting positive developments in our motherland.

  • Enjoy every day.

  • I love it here.

  • Keeping kiss my you're safe is a complex political juggling act on President Madobe needs to work hard most especially in areas recently captured from Al Shabaab.

  • Military discipline is key to building public confidence in his role.

  • If soldiers kill a civilian which has happened, they can't be executed.

  • Meeting with elders here is crucial in Somalia's clan based society.

  • Peace men hold the real power.

  • If he keeps them happy, it will keep this place safe.

  • And more importantly, they won't give their sons to Al Shabaab.

  • Well, my mother it didn't you my auntie?

  • You Belinda?

  • You know they do with the I team.

  • It's a mother.

  • I know.

  • Hi.

  • Hi.

  • Tonight.

  • Yes, Mark.

  • Oh, wait.

  • Sorry.

  • Donna and I got a number on him.

  • Let's get out of the way.

  • It's a dramatic transformation for a figure who was once an Islamist fighter himself.

  • He turned against his former jihadist comrades following two years of captivity in Ethiopia.

  • Released in 2009 he went on to battle them for control of Kiss.

  • Ma You in 2012 with the help of Kenyan forces, he was victorious.

  • So that was kind of Well, how does love what I do know what?

  • How did you know?

  • What?

  • Well, kind of others here have taken the same path.

  • Ron are a special unit made up of former Shabaab fighters.

  • I met them to find out why they tend against their former comrades.

  • The commander is of the car.

  • I'm like a skin.

  • That's we're getting it.

  • I'm not gonna let some man on a mission for them.

  • No.

  • What then?

  • Can it has been Ki the killer?

  • Okay.

  • I don't want the l Amir a lot of shopping to do, Uncle.

  • The element another more has in the William Thomas Show contingent Uncle is so angry.

  • Intimate Caryn my wow!

  • What a rebel!

  • Who?

  • But being a row Han is risky.

  • Abdic Adi says his brother was targeted by Al Shabaab.

  • Mr.

  • Delay has the album today is at the car Doris Day off and he heads home to see his family with some sweets and a new football for the kids.

  • The cadres wife is pleased her husband has switched sides.

  • Mashallah, shut up!

  • The new local company putting out of 200 over time and I must double key for some late.

  • And me, Ricardo Phillips.

  • He's made the right move at the right time.

  • He could have ended up here.

  • This is Kiss Maya's highest security prison.

  • Alleged Al Shabaab fighters are held here, some without trying job alone.

  • Authorities say these men are all Al Shabaab Mohammed and Ilyas accused off killing this man Shake Abdullah.

  • He made his name as an Al Shabaab preacher but he later tend against the militants preaching anti Al Shabaab messages.

  • He was executed in broad daylight in this city three years ago.

  • Mohammed and Elias have agreed to talk to us.

  • Thanks Unaccounted the Wolfman gonna like Angola.

  • But about that Granted, it could look what we do.

  • Yeah, cohabit because remember And America I just do you much of a walking over.

  • No way!

  • Oh, come on!

  • I didn't invent it.

  • Go!

  • That's another matter tonight.

  • Wear with the dribble and police force.

  • Rumors abound.

  • Al Shabaab have smuggled freed vehicles laden with explosives into the city and are preparing to carry out attacks.

  • So they came over.

  • Wait.

  • Yeah.

  • Oh, God.

  • You know, I don't know.

  • Shop cut.

  • Ok, soon, guys.

  • I will tell you in a shop before it's Friday.

  • Weakened in Somalia today your family in prayer.

  • The president is here a lot.

  • A lot, A lot in the late afternoon families relax.

  • Our cameraman amid Sarah films them Suddenly he hears a loud bang and the Children start running scared and shouting.

  • Explosion!

  • Explosion!

  • In that moment seven years of safety and security and kiss my own is gone.

  • This is CCTV footage off the explosion.

  • It was an Al Shabaab attacks on the Medina Hotel.

  • As people were taking afternoon tea a suicide bomber round a car containing explosives into the hotel gates.

  • Moments of these pictures were captured.

  • Three Al Shabaab gunmen stormed the hotel compound on the slow three starts.

  • Amador cameraman sped towards the sounds of shooting and grenade attacks with his driver on our army.

  • Uh I mean earlier I wasn't that long ago.